Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams visited Teller County today talking to Clerk and Recorder Krystal Brown, who is one of eight county clerks participating in a pilot program testing voting machines.
The state is looking toward going to as few as one voting system, instead of the patchwork system currently in operation throughout the state. The four companies involved in the pilot program are Dominion, Hart InterCivic, ES&S and Clear Ballot.
Williams last week visited other pilot counties as well as new clerks and recorders who took office in January in preparation for Election Day on Tuesday.
Stephanie Wise, the chief deputy clerk for Teller County, said elections are stressful, but the visit from Williams and Matt Masterson, a commissioner with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission was anything but.
“It was a nice visit,” she said.
She said Teller has two voter centers, one in Woodland Park and one in Cripple Creek, and the judges are “bored to tears.” That’s because, she said, most Coloradans mail in their ballots. All ballots must be returned by 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Williams said Teller offered a nice touch for voters: a pair of reading glasses for those that have hit that age.
Here are reports from Adams, Douglas, Morgan and Weld counties about the secretary’s visits:
Adams County Clerk Stan Martin said Williams toured the county’s election facility to get an idea of “a day in the life of a mail ballot.” Williams also thanked Adams for being one of eight counties participating in the pilot program to test systems from four different companies.
“He said, ‘We’re looking for better elections in Colorado,”’ Martin reported.
Adams and Gilpin counties are testing the Clear Ballot ballot system. Martin and Gilpin Clerk Colleen Stewart are big fans.
“The more I learn about the other systems, the more I like Clear Ballot,” Martin said. “I’m looking for three things: accuracy, effectiveness and transparency.”